Timber Grows Up

Architects and engineers, drawn to wood for its environmental attributes, push the material to new limits.
Architectural Record
By Joann Gonchar, AIA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the term “mass timber.”
  2. Discuss the fire-resistive and structural properties of different types of wood construction.
  3. Outline the environmental benefits of building with wood.
  4. Describe the construction and structural strategies that some project teams are deploying in order to use wood in taller buildings.

Credits:

1 AIA LU/HSW
0.1 IACET CEU*
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course is approved as a core course
This test is no longer available for credit

This course discusses recently completed, under-construction, and proposed mass-timber buildings. It outlines the environmental benefits, as well as the challenges, of using wood in unconventional ways—both in tall and low-rise structures. And it explores the structural, fire-resistive, and other performance qualities of engineered-wood products.

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Mass Timber Construction

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Originally published in Architectural Record.

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